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Legend of the Sacred Stones

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Legend of the Sacred Stones

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Portion of a tablet featuring a Dragon and
the five Sacred Stones from the game intro.

World

Magvel

Location(s)
Date(s)

Magvel calendar year 0*

Combatants
Humanity The Demon King and his Monster army
Commanders
Grado
Latona
3 other unnamed legendary heroes
Fomortiis
Outcome
  • Human victory.
  • Fomortiis sealed in the Sacred Stone of Grado.
  • Darkling Woods corrupted by Fomortiis' corpse.
Contemporary events
Appearance(s)
In an age long past... Evil flooded over the land. Creatures awash in the dark tide ran wild, pushing mankind to the brink of annihilation. In its despair, mankind appealed to the heavens, and from a blinding light came hope.
— The Sacred Stones prologue narration

The Legend of the Sacred Stones (Japanese: 聖石の伝説 Legend of the Sacred Stones) is a legend from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones that recounts and summarizes the first war against the Demon King, Fomortiis.

Overview

As told in the game's introduction, the Legend of the Sacred Stones recounts the original conflict with Fomortiis, which occurred 800 years before the War of the Stones.

History

A carving depicting the Legend of the Sacred Stones.

Modern retellings

Modern retellings of the story feature humanity crying out to the divine for the power to banish the monster hordes. From the heavens descended the five Sacred Stones. With the Sacred Stones the heroes Grado, Latona, and three others whose names are not specified, drove back the monsters and Fomortiis to Darkling Woods, in Darkling Woods, after a battle that resulted in a "mountain of corpses"[2] the Demon King is killed and his body is interred in the Black Temple within Darkling Woods. Fomortiis' spirit is also sealed within Grado's Sacred Stone.

The Dragonkin's involvement

What is left out in the modern retellings is the involvement of the Manakete tribe and its leader Morva.[3] Morva fought alongside the hero Grado to drive back the monsters. According to some, humanity's victory would have been impossible without the involvement of the dragonkin.[4] The title "Great Dragon" is given to both Morva and Myrrh,[5] while Myrrh is called the Great Dragon, it seems this title is somewhat erronious, as Myrrh claims to have not done anything, unlike her father,[6] she was also likley too young[7] to have fought in the first war with the Demon King.

Aftermath

After the defeat of the Demon King, the heroes of the Sacred Stones passed their artifacts through generations. The countries Grado, Rausten, Renais, Jehanna, and Frelia were founded around the possessors of their respective stones.[8] In particular, Grado was named after its original Sacred Stone wielder Grado.

The village of Caer Pelyn, perhaps due to its close proximity to Darkling Woods and its guardians Morva and Myrrh, is the only modern settlement to know the entire legend.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Legend of the Sacred Stones
Japanese 聖石の伝説 Legend of the Sacred Stones

References

  1. "According to legend. the original possessors of the Sacred Stones defeated the Demon King in Darkling Woods." — Chapter Narration from Chapter 20, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  2. "Our ancestors paid dearly for their victory. A mountain of corpses…It’s written the Demon King was surrounded by the dead before he finally fell." — L'Arachel telling of the final fight with Fomortiis, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  3. "Uh-huh… I get to see Father again. I'm so happy. My foster father leads the dragon tribe. In the last great war... both of my true parents were killed." — Myrrh, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  4. "No, no, that's not right at all. Ah, how quickly did mankind forget its debt to the Great Dragon. To hear the story now, one would think humans alone brought about victory. That is a gross mistelling of the tale. Only through the Great Dragon’s strength could the Demon King be sealed away!" — Dara, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  5. "But if you’ve seen the noble Myrrh, perhaps I can proceed more quickly. You see, our Great Dragon took the form of Mistress Myrrh in her travels. And you tell me that you have seen the Great Dragon yourself, lass?" — Dara, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  6. "Great Dragon? Please, there's no need to call me that. My father is the great one. I’ve done nothing." — Myrrh to Saleh, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  7. "And I am… 1,200 years old. Roughly." — Myrrh to Dozla, this would make her age during the first war with the Demon King approximately 400, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  8. "The Sacred Stones have been passed from generation to generation. Nations have been built around their power and their legacy." — Prologue narration, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Playable characters AmeliaArturColmCormagDozlaDuesselEirikaEphraimEwanFordeFranzGarciaGerikGilliamInnesJoshuaKnollKyleL'ArachelLuteMarisaMoulderMyrrhNatashaNeimiRennacRossSalehSethSyreneTanaTethysVanessa
Creature Campaign characters CaellachFadoGlenHaydenIsmaireLyonOrsonRievSelenaValter
Non-playable characters DaraGradoKlimtLatonaMacGregorManselMonicaNada Kuya
Bosses AiasBazbaBeranBinksBoneBreguetCaellachCarlyleFomortiisGhebLyonMorvaMurrayNovalaO'NeillOrsonPabloRievSaarSelenaTiradoValterVigardeZonta
Sacred Twins and Personal Weapons AudhulmaExcaliburGarmGleipnirIvaldiLatonaNidhoggRapierReginleifSieglindeSiegmundVidofnir
Chapters Pre-split P: The Fall of Renais • 1: Escape! • 2: The Protected • 3: The Bandits of Borgo • 4: Ancient Horrors • 5: The Empire's Reach • 5x: Unbroken Heart • 6: Victims of War • 7: Waterside Renvall • 8: It's a Trap!
Eirika's Route 9: Distant Blade • 10: Revolt at Carcino • 11: Creeping Darkness • 12: Village of Silence • 13: Hamill Canyon • 14: Queen of White Dunes
Ephraim's Route 9: Fort Rigwald • 10: Turning Traitor • 11: Phantom Ship • 12: Landing at Taizel • 13: Fluorspar's Oath • 14: Father and Son
Post-split 15: Scorched Sand • 16: Ruled by Madness • 17: River of Regrets • 18: Two Faces of Evil • 19: Last Hope • 20: Darkling Woods • Final: Sacred Stone (part 1part 2)
Locations MagvelCarcino (Caer Pelyn) • Darkling WoodsFrelia (Tower of Valni) • Grado (Renvall) • Jehanna (Jehanna HallLagdou Ruins) • Rausten (Melkaen Coast) • Renais (Za'ha Woods)
Groups, objects and concepts Five heroesGerik's MercenariesImperial ThreeLegend of the Sacred StonesMonstersSacred StonesSacred TwinsWar of the Stones
Related topics Creature CampaignFire Emblem: The Sacred Stones ComicName chartPre-release information (Prototype buildUnused content) • Sound RoomTimelineWorld map